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Nedbank Cup semis- its either you crash out or cruise to the finals!

Ruzaigh Gamildien of Bloemfontein Celtic battles Paulus Masehe of Free State Stars during the 2012 Telkom Knockout Semi Final between Free State Stars and Bloemfontein Celtic at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Qwa - Qwa , 18 November 2012 © Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

Their defeat this week by Chippa United 2-0 has shown the team is inconsistent by blowing hot and cold.

On Saturday they face hosts FS Stars in the first semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup at Goble Park and this is the only time coach Eric Tinkler and charges should get their hands on silverware.

Both Soweto giants Bucs and Kaizer Chiefs have not had a good run in not winning any cup this season. For Bucs they have to appease.

But knowing Stars, who are party spoilers and haven’t featured in cup final games for ages, this is an opportunity they would like coach and Italian Giovanni Solinas, to lay claim to.

Since his introduction the latter has made great strides in the league (11) and chances are he, could take them to the finals, a possible scenario.

The game at Goble Park begins at 3pm.

Another tough battle will see NFD hot as periperi outfit Baroka taking on hosts SuperSport at Lucas Moripe Stadium in the evening.

Despite losing 1-0 this week, the Polokwane side are hungry for success and coach Kgoloko Thobejane, has become the father figure to his boys. And they’ve heeded his call that is showing in the field of play, attitude and the discipline.

Yes, they might be forgiven for losing perhaps as a result of focusing too much on their clash against Matsatsantsa A Petori.

Simply put: these boys have no respect for opponents! You shall tell after 90m on Saturday after 5pm.

Inconsistency and juggling around the team has been one of the reason’s hosts have been firing blanks.

Currently perched (9) on the log, SuperSport has to stabilize its leaking defence and convert chances they create a lot of them for that matter but to no avail-that lead to the firing of coach Gordon Igesund.

The hiring of British and former Chiefs manager Stuart Baxter, has brought oomph and drive to succeed and we only hope, this will be completed in the new season, following reports that Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsholonyane will be donning the blue & white strip.

David Mathebula of Supersport United during the 2013 Invitational Mandela Match between Manchester City an Supersport United on the 14 July 2013 at Loftus Versfeld Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

On paper SS has all arsenals to deal with Baroka but in the field of play it’s a different notion.

The game kicks-off at 8pm.

Tickets are selling at R80 for Bucs vs. FS Stars and R40 (rest of the stadium) and R60 (west stand only) for SS vs. Baroka FC.

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